Armistice Day centenary
Almost 100 years ago, at 11am on November 11, 1918, the guns along the Western Front between France and Belgium fell silent. The war, that so-called ‘Great-War-toEnd — All-Wars’ was over.
After four years of bitter fighting, and millions of lives had been lost, it was peace at last.
To mark the centenary of that important occasion, at 11am on Sunday, November 11 the Te Awamutu and District Returned and Services Association will be holding a Civic Service at the Cenotaph on Anzac Green. It will follow the format of the Civic Service on Anzac Day.
As it is on a Sunday, Te Awamutu churches and their congregations are invited to attend and participate. It is also hoped local churches will ring their church bells at 11am to commemorate the Armistice.
A street parade commanded by A-J Quinn, which will include a detachment of Regular Force servicemen, will march along Alexandra St from the RSA at 10.45am to Anzac Green. All veterans and interested persons are welcome to join and march in the parade, which will be led by Te Awamutu Brass and supported by the Community Cadets.
There will be a speciallycommissioned plaque which will be unveiled by TaranakiKing Country MP Barbara Kuriger and Waipa¯ District councillor Susan O’Regan.
Barbara will also deliver an address.
The parade will form up for the return march to the RSA Clubrooms and be hosted for a commemoration lunch. Any individuals or groups wishing to lay a wreath will need to contact the RSA today or tomorrow.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend this historic occasion. A centennial programme will be made available. Also associated with the occasion, Talos is preparing a special production around the Armistice theme, Here’s To Our Heroes, and members of the RSA Women’s Section are making purple poppies to mark the memory of the animals which died in WWI.
Te Awamutu’s first Anzac Parade in 1919, organised by the then newly formed Te Awamutu RSA.
Some of the ranks of returned servicepeople who paraded at the Te Awamutu Cenotaph for the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day.